When I was in grammar school 70 or so years ago, Valentine’s Day was a pretty big deal. At least on one occasion, a teacher supplied us with a cardboard container, cut a slot in the top, helped us cover it with red and white crepe paper and glue on a sprinkling of little construction paper hearts, and we had a beautiful Valentine Box — eyed with interest for about a week before it was opened.
We bought our Valentines at the dime store, and they mostly came in the kind of books you got your paper dolls in. The cards were punched out of the pages, signed, and inserted into addressed envelopes — cut on the dotted lines and pasted together — from the white pages also supplied.
Then we girls handed them out on the day, or just before — and everybody got some, even the contrary boys who didn’t bother to bring any to school.
I got to thinking about that since it’s only about 48 hours until Valentine’s Day 2014, and I think it’s timely to also tell you that I’m thinking of subscribing to an on-line dating service.
Just kidding! But I do continually get email ads from those purveyors of romance, which debunks the notion that all is known on the Internet: Mr. Wonderful of 55 years short a month is at his computer across the hall from me as I write; how could they not know?
While I was deleting those advertisements from Christian Singles and Senior Singles, a cousin in Texas was forwarding some messages purportedly taken from The Villages, a newspaper in Florida, which is where the liveliest of the elderly reside — isn’t it?
Herewith some of the “clips” that amused me most and I figure will tickle your funny bones, too:
These ads are well done, but in none does a senior boast of the capability that I think would guarantee the most interest: “Able to drive after dark.”